According to Halloran, the owner's terrible excuse for taping up her cat's paws was that Lilly had been scratching. Lilly is now with the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control, which is investigating her case. Her owner is facing animal cruelty charges in addition to drug charges, ABC 11 reports.
Lilly is now doing fine and is in good spirits. "[She's] spunky," Derek Brown, deputy director of Animal Care and Control in Los Angeles county, told The Dodo. "My staff told me she's got a very cute personality."
Though there aren't many details available as to Lilly's immediate future, a lot will depend on the outcome of her owner's trial. With any luck, she'll eventually be put up for adoption. She could also possibly be taken in by other family members should they come forward to claim her.
To learn more on how you can help protect animals from abuse, check out the Animal Welfare Institute.